EARLY IN TENNESSEE
When we arrived in Tullahoma, Phyllis was quite pregnant and we could
not drive around to see the sights. I did drive down Route 55 to the
edge of the Highland Rim overlooking the Lynchburg valley, what a
sight. I went to the First National Bank with its sawdust floor to open
a checking account. A young Claire Eoff met me and I told Claire I had
900 dollars cash and wanted to open an account into which I would later
transfer 1000 dollars from my Evanston bank where you practically had
to show your birth certificate to complete a transaction. At that time,
the bank used little black books as deposit records so Claire made out
one to me and wrote down an initial deposit of 1900 dollars. I
protested that I was only putting in 900 dollars at that time but
Claire just smiled and said the rest will come. What a shrewd
transaction on his part.
Later that first day I needed an antenna for the black and white TV set
we had brought from Evanston. So I called up Crouch's store. and Robert
Crouch answered. I explained my need and he said he was sorry but
doubted that they could install an antenna that afternoon but would be
out early next morning.
That surprised and pleased me for in Evanston if you had need for TV
service, you waited indefinitely. They would promise to come at a given
time and then not show up. Amazingly the crew showed up early next
moming and I was in the TV business. Although Tullahoma was small and
not nearly so sophisticated as the Evanston-Chicago area, I soon
concluded that it was a great place to live. And with all the changes
and improvements, after more than 40 years, Tullahoma is still a great
place to live. As I said in my retirement ceremony at the Offices Club
in 1990, "Though retired, I plan to live in Tullahoma for truly, we
live in a paradise."
FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE:
A notebook titled RLY NOTES which includes most of the preceding plus
other events in my older years plus some of the my grade school, high
school and college work.